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We’ve been RSS ad­dicts for a long time, and we’ve used a va­ri­ety of desk­top, web and iOS apps to man­age our feeds. Our cur­rent on­line ag­gre­ga­tor is Feedly, which we use to or­gan­ise our feeds in fold­ers and to sync across mul­ti­ple plat­forms – so if we use the Read­Kit app to read via Feedly on our Mac, Feedly then up­dates its own app on iOS. That’s handy if your desk­top app lacks an iOS com­pan­ion.

We sub­scribed our apps to Feedly where pos­si­ble and we added sub­scrip­tions man­u­ally via search or URL where ap­pro­pri­ate. If a news­reader sup­ported OPML (Out­line Pro­ces­sor Markup Lan­guage), we im­ported sub­scrip­tions that way.

We fo­cussed on four key ar­eas: how easy it was to add RSS feeds, how quickly and eas­ily we could find our way around the app, what shar­ing and syn­chro­ni­sa­tion op­tions were avail­able and, most im­por­tantly of all, how much per­son­al­i­sa­tion each app of­fered. We use RSS to tame in­for­ma­tion over­load, and hav­ing a con­sis­tent, cus­tomis­able in­ter­face makes a huge dif­fer­ence to how much in­for­ma­tion you can process and how quickly you can process it.

Con­sis­tent for­mat­ting is vi­tal if you use mul­ti­ple feed sources.

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